October 10 was my 60th birthday, and I decided to do all the things I love most.
Because Barry was still at home, I needed to check on him throughout the day. I gave him money to go buy blueberries so he would be happy and have something to do. I left him early that morning watching TV with his blueberry money in hand, while I set out on a birthday bike ride.
I love to bike and spend most of the summer on the wonderful bike trails around the Twin Cities. On this beautiful fall day, I headed west to the town of Excelsior. After a 45-minute ride, I found my favorite café and ordered a yummy quiche for breakfast. The day was going pretty good so far.
Lowry Nature Center
After breakfast, I biked down the trail toward the town of Independence. My plan was to go to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum to hike and see the beautiful fall colors. But then as I biked by Carver Park, part of the Three Rivers Parks system, I saw a sign for the Lowery Nature Center and decided that would be my hike of the day!I locked my bike and followed along with a few busloads of school kids to hike the trails.
After a couple of loops walking, I started to feel like the old me was slowly coming back. For the past year, I had put my nose to the grindstone to figure what was wrong with Barry, try to get out of debt and just keep my career going. I was kind of crabby all the time. But today, I was me again. I was striking up conversations with people just like I used to. It felt really good to feel, well, kind of happy!
- After my hike, I rode back to our place and checked on Barry. He asked, “Is it your birthday?” I said, “Yes.” But Barry just went back to watching TV without saying anything else.
Here’s to me
The next fun thing for my birthday day was to draw. I have been drawing most days since kindergarten and still love it more than anything. I went to my studio where I let myself work on my fine art pieces. That day I decided to focus my upcoming February art show on my journey with a husband afflicted with dementia.
The final fun thing I did after a few hours of drawing was walk downstairs to the restaurant below my studio for a cold beer and dinner! Here’s to me I thought — I think I am going to make it after all.
When I got home Barry was watching TV and without looking up he said, “Happy Birthday!”